Low Attendance Persists in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, February 4, 2015: Starting 27 minutes behind the schedule, the third sitting of the National Assembly’s 18th session continued to witness low attendance of lawmakers. The House unanimously adopted a resolution to express solidarity with people in Kashmir and demanded the United Nations and international community to play its role in resolving the dispute…

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National Assembly Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, February 3, 2015: Starting 28 minutes behind the schedule, the second sitting of the National Assembly’s 18th session was marked by a debate on the recent petrol crisis amid low attendance of lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 68 members (20%) were present at the start of the sitting and 49…

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National Assembly Adopts Resolution to Condemn Shikarpur Tragedy

ISLAMABAD, February 2, 2015: Starting 40 minutes behind the schedule, the first sitting of the National Assembly’s 18th session was marked by low attendance of lawmakers and unanimous adoption of a resolution to condemn the bomb blast in Shikarpur on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 80 members (23%) were present at…

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Lack of Quorum, Low Attendance Mark 17th NA Session

ISLAMABAD, January 20, 2015: Low attendance, lack of quorum and excessive use of points of order marked the 17th session of the National Assembly amid the passage of the Constitution (21st Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Pakistan Army Amendment Bill 2015. The legislators consumed two hours and 54 minutes (10%) to debate the bills while…

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Two Bills Introduced, Resolution Adopted in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, January 16, 2015: Starting 19 minutes behind the schedule, the 13th (last) sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session witnessed the introduction of two bills and passage of a resolution amid low attendance, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Fifty-one lawmakers (15%) were present at the start of the sitting and 48…

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National Assembly Adopts Resolution against Blasphemous Caricatures

ISLAMABAD, January 15, 2015: The National Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution against blasphemous caricatures published by a French magazine during the 12th sitting of its ongoing 17th session on Thursday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Fifty-one lawmakers (15%) were present at the start of the sitting and 64 (19%) at the time of…

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National Assembly Sitting Adjourned due to Death of Lawmaker

ISLAMABAD, January 14, 2015: Starting 26 minutes behind schedule, the 11th sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session was adjourned due to the demise of PML-N lawmaker Rai Mansab Ali Khan, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting, that lasted 34 minutes, started at 1126 hours and ended at 1200 hours. The Prime…

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Points of Order Consume Two-Third of National Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, January 13, 2015: Nearly 71% of the agenda was left unaddressed by the National Assembly as points of order (POs) consumed two-third of the proceedings on Tuesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. Two bills – the Emigration (Amendment) Bill 2014 and the Special Citizens Bill 2015 –…

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National Assembly Concludes Debate on Peshawar Attack

ISLAMABAD, January 12, 2015: Starting an hour and 35 minutes behind schedule, the National Assembly concluded debate on terrorist attack in Peshawar during the 9th sitting of 17th session on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 36 lawmakers (11%) were present at the start of the sitting and 27 (8%) at the…

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National Assembly Sitting Adjourned due to Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, January 9, 2015: Starting 19 minutes behind the schedule, the eighth sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session was adjourned due to lack of quorum on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 22 (6%) lawmakers were present at the outset and 74 (22%) at the time of adjournment. A maximum of…

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